Category Archives: Thank You

Clear embossing – variation on a theme

Hello!

I recently posted about a card I’d created using the lovely Sale-a-bration (SAB) free stamp set, So Very Much.  My post is here if you want to have another look.  For a class last weekend, I decided to revisit the idea, this time taking my colour inspiration from another SAB freebie, the Carried Away DSP.  The colours are Mint Macaron, Night of Navy, Peekaboo Peach, Smoky Slate and Watermelon Wonder.  I recently stocked up on the in colour re-inkers so I was good to go!  The baby wipe technique is used to create a multicoloured “inkpad” and by stamping in Versamark first, you can add the clear embossing powder, giving a real shine to the sentiment once it’s heat embossed.

Sale-a-bration, SAB, So Very Much, embossing, babywipe

This card has an extra layer – I didn’t like my Whisper white layer straight onto the Carried Away DSP pattern I’d chosen, so I added a skinny Night of Navy border between them.  It’s not obvious, but you’d notice if it wasn’t there, I think.  I chose Watermelon Wonder as the base colour – I love the combination of this with Night of Navy – it’s a real favourite.  I’m really sad that Watermelon Wonder will be retiring in June along with the rest of the 2015-2017 in colours as I’ve come to love it, but we’ll have five new in colours to play with and enjoy.  I have to admit that I really hadn’t taken to one of the colours we got last year – Peekaboo Peach – and this is the first card I’ve made that uses it.  But I really like the effect it’s added to my colour mix on this card.  So much so that I used it even more obviously in another card, which I’ll share another time.

Don’t forget that we are in the last days of Sale-a-bration now!  You only have until 31st March to grab one of these limited edition freebies.  Some things will start to be unavailable – glimmer paper is already sold out in the US, so if you want something specific, don’t delay.

If you want to place an order please just click on the “Shop with Me” button to the right and don’t forget to use the host code – UDS3QBUK – if your order is less than £150 to receive an extra gift from me.  Over £150 don’t use it as you’ll get the rewards to spend and you’ll still get the gift from me.  As an additional SAB incentive, if you are intending to place a large order, you will receive an additional £20 in host rewards if your order is £200 or more.

If you have a really long wish list (I know I did!) then consider signing up as a demo and joining my team.  It’s a great deal – choose £130’s worth of products, pay £99 and no P&P and during SAB you also get to choose two additional stamp sets absolutely free!  If you are interested and want my help  choosing your starter kit, just get in touch.  If you know what you want click on the “Join my team” button on the right and get started.

I hope you liked today’s card and techniques.  See you on Friday for my last post highlighting Sale-a-bration.

Caro
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Party Animal Thank You

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So, you’re probably wondering how I missed my Wednesday post?  I blame Barcelona.  Unfortunately, my bag was stolen while I was there last weekend and this week got lost in a delayed return as I had to get an emergency passport, doing battle with insurance companies and generally sorting things out.  I’m fine and at the end of the day, it was just stuff and I did get an extra day in one of my favourite cities.  I’m not letting the experience mar my weekend or how I feel about Barcelona and I’ll be going back.

Anyway, on to today’s card.  I made this as inspiration for our craft retreat attendees, using some of the products they received in their goody bag and taking the colours from the Party animal DSP as my starting point.  I also used the “Thank You” stamp from the Sale-a-bration stamp set, So Very Much.

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I used re-inkers in the Party Animal colours (Crumb Cake, Crushed Curry, Emerald Envy, Pacific Point & Tangerine Tango) to drop ink onto a couple of folded baby wipes to create my ink pad.  I wiped embossing buddy over my Whisper White layer, stamped my stamp in Versamark and then into my makeshift ink pad.  Finally, I used clear embossing powder and heat embossed.  I used one of the Party Animals DSP’s as my border and Crushed Curry as my base.

Want to make this?  You’ll need to spend £45 in order to choose the stamp set as your Sale-a-bration item.  To get there I’d suggest Whisper White and Crushed Curry cardstock, Party Animals DSP, ink refillers in Crumb Cake, Crushed Curry, Emerald Envy, Pacific Point and Tangerine Tango, embossing buddy, Versamark and clear embossing powder.  Click on the Shop with me button and don’t forget to use the host code – TRS79Q47 – if your order is less than £150 to receive an extra gift from me.  Over £150 don’t use it as you’ll get the rewards to spend and you’ll still get the gift from me.

Simple but effective – I love that bit of rainbow!  See you on Wednesday (further disasters permitting!).

Caro
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Salt watercolouring and copper dragonflies

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I hope you are having a great weekend wherever you are – I’m in Barcelona, enjoying lovely food, wine and company!

Today I thought I’d share one of the cards from my technique class at the recent retreat day I ran with my upline Eimear. We are planning the next one so watch this space for the date and venue.

I have my lovely friend Carol to thank for the technique I used for this class. She is a full time, super talented artist (search for Art Is by Carol Burns if you’d like to see her work) and I was chatting to her about needing techniques for my class as I’d chosen watercolouring as my theme. Carol suggested I tried watercolouring one colour on my paper, varying the intensity of the colour and then quickly, before it dried, adding plenty of salt all over. Left to dry, the salt draws and intensifies the colour and a beautiful crackled effect emerges. So I tried it with Island Indigo on watercolour paper (75 x 148.5 mm) and loved the effect.

Dragonfly Dreams, Watercolour, Salt

I kept this card simple – I cut out the dragonfly outline using the Detailed Dragonfly think it dies and then cut it again out of copper foil. I slotted the two together and added tombow using a sponge so I got plenty of coverage with no splurges appearing – it’s a great way to add glue evenly. I added them to an Island Indigo base and my card was done.

Don’t forget we are in the last month of Sale-a-bration! Now is the time to stock up on essentials and get a free, limited edition product for every £45 you spend. Got a long wish list? Think about joining my team of Crafting Maestros and benefitting from an immediate 20% discount and joining a lovely family of likeminded people.

I hope you like today’s card – see you Wednesday.

Caro
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Clean and Simple Vertical Greetings

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I went through a phase of using Vertical Greetings a lot, a few weeks back – you may have thought I’d shown you everything I created, but I kept one back to surprise you with!  This is one of the simplest and cleanest cards I’ve made, but I love it!

Vertical Greetings, Thank you, CAS, Clean & Simple

It’s a one layer card in thick Whisper White and it has a lot of space!  But it works for me.  I used my Stampin’ Write markers in Island Indigo, Chocolate Chip and Real Red to colour in the stamp, huffed on it and then stamped. I did use the stamp-a-ma-jig to help with placement.  And here’s the inside:

Vertical Greetings, Thank you, CAS, Clean & Simple

I love this set, hope you do too!  If you want to buy any of the supplies, click on the “Shop with me” button and use host code 2ZW9ECQZ to be sure of an extra thank you from me!

See you on Thursday for CAS Colours and Sketches.

Caro

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Vertical Thank You

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Just a quick post today to show you a fast and easy Thank You card – I needed some to go in with customer orders:

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It’s a one layer card and is 4 1/4″ square (you remember my measuring quirk with square cards!).  I used Stampin’ marker pens in Real Red, Chocolate Chip and Old Olive to ink up the lovely plant from Vertical Greetings, huffed on it and stamped, using the Stamp-a-majig to line it up.  I stamped the Thank You in Real Red and that was it.  I huffed on the plant again and used that to decorate my envelope – a hint of what was inside.

Hope you like it!  See you on Thursday for CAS Colours & Sketches.

Caro
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Thank you for CAS Colours & Sketches

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A quick post from me today, for this week’s CAS Colours & Sketches challenge.  For July and August we are sharing the hosting duties and this week it’s my turn!  Here’s the challenge banner for the colours I chose:

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If you think it makes it easier when taking part in a challenge you have set, let me disabuse you of that thought!  I sat down with an idea in my head and didn’t like how it turned out.  Ditto with attempt number two.  But I really liked how my third idea turned out:

CC&S #181, Vertical Greetings

I think I’ve mentioned before how much I love the Vertical Greetings set – it’s so different and beautifully CAS.  I’m hoping it will stick around for a long time!

I thought about making all three images in the same colours but wanted a little more variety than that, so I did two the same (the foliage in Cucumber Crush, stem in Soft Suede and pot in Elegant Eggplant) and for the third, I mixed it up a little by using just the Cucumber Crush and Soft Suede.  I think it adds a quirky twist, making this CAS card just a little bit more interesting.  I stamped “Thank You” from the same set in Elegant Eggplant and then layered my Whisper White mat onto a base of Elegant Eggplant.

How did I stamp in the different colours?  I carefully inked up the foliage and pot using the inkpads very carefully and wiping away any ink that strayed onto the stem.  I inked up the stem with the Soft Suede marker, huffed and then stamped.  I used the stamp-a-ma-jig to help place the images exactly where I wanted them.

Like the colours?  Fancy giving this one a try?  Do come and see what the rest of the Design Team have come up with for inspiration and then have a go yourself.  We love seeing everyone’s cards in the gallery.  You don’t need a blog – check out how you can enter on the challenge site.

Hope you like today’s card – see you on Sunday.

Caro
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